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Henley, Binfield Heath and Sonning

HARD 5 reviews

Henley, Binfield Heath and Sonning is a 16.7 kilometer loop trail located near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 16.7 km Elevation Gain: 349 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

river

views

wildlife

pub walk

This circular walk combines historic villages and beech woods on the lower slopes of the Chilterns with a stretch of the Thames Path between Sonning and Henley in Oxfordshire. The Thames Path section is a particular delight as some of it can be surprisingly quiet and it takes you through meadows and copses rich with wildlife. Sections of this walk will be muddy after wet weather, and parts of the Thames section can flood. You will need to negotiate a few gates and kissing gates, some steps and one stile. The walk is suitable for dogs (although remember the one stile) but not buggies. There are a couple of short sections along quiet roads and a few road crossings that need care. This walk is adapted from a walk originally published in Raymond Hugh's Adventurous Walks in the South Chilterns. These lovely books are sadly out of print, but it is worth buying them if you ever see one for sale second-hand because of the unique combination of his sense of humour, local history, interesting path choices, hand-drawn maps and his clear love of (some of) the local pubs. In the introduction to Raymond Hugh's original walk he recommends that this walk is done several times in different seasons and weather conditions. Although this walk starts on the edge of Henley, the only opportunities to get food and drink on the route are at The Flowing Spring as you approach Sonning and at The Baskerville or the village store in Lower Shiplake towards the end of the walk.

hiking
13 hours ago

Great walk. I started in Sonning instead of Henley and it was really nice having a long stretch of the Thames Path as the finish. Make sure you take plenty of water and a snack incase you get peckish as there really isn't much along the route. Warning: The Thames Path was extremely muddy between Shiplake and Sonning and occasionally waterlogged.

hiking
muddy
22 days ago

Nice moderate hike with some good areas to stop. Unfortunately wasn’t too pleasurable today, although the weather is beautiful - very very muddy with the recent wet weather. Few slight modifications to the trail; stiles removed etc but good instructions and easy to follow! Wonderful views and variety of riverside, woodland and fields! It was a little annoying having the dog on the lead and then off again at multiple times in the walk - only downfall!

Mon Aug 27 2018

Excellent walk through varied locations, villages, open fields, woodlands and riverside. Total elevation of 385ft which is all in the first 4 miles. Some parts on minor country roads with little traffic, but a couple of busy roads to cross, so if leading a group, a couple of HiVis waistcoats would be good. Every bit of the description/directions worked well and were very accurate.